Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Pakistan Film-Script: I call it "Pollywood"

After Hollywood and Bollywood:
The following report (thanks to Mel!) speaks about Pakistan nukes to be already under US control:

"WASHINGTON: Pakistan's nuclear weapons are already under American control even as analysts are working themselves into a lather on the subject, a well-regarded intelligence journal has said. In a stunning disclosure certain to stir up things in Washington's (and in Islamabad and New Delhi's) strategic community, the journal Stratfor reported on Monday that the "United States delivered a very clear ultimatum to Musharraf in the wake of 9/11: Unless Pakistan allowed US forces to take control of Pakistani nuclear facilities, the United States would be left with no choice but to destroy those facilities, possibly with India's help."

I am not so sure if the US has access to all the nukes, as they would be hard to find. The same article mentions:

"The country's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has also invoked the loose nukes scenario to urge US to abandon the military regime, which she says has given rise to growing extremism and fissiparous tendencies that increase the danger of the nuclear arsenal going awry.
Officially though, Islamabad is touchy about any commentary on its nuclear arsenal, and goes into transports of hysteria to assert that it is a responsible country with good command and control over its crown jewels. In the latest outburst, the country's out-going foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri asserted that Pakistan is fully capable of securing its nuclear assets and some Western lobbies are busy in creating confusion taking the advantage of ongoing conditions in Pakistan. The multi-layer security structure of the nuclear assets has a strong command and control system in place and there is no need for anyone at home or abroad to worry about the security of these assets, he insisted. But judging by the volume of worried commentary and analysis the subject is now getting, there aren't many takers for such assurances and the last word on the matter hasn't been said or written. "
Read the Times of India Article here

I would recommend to put an eye on this Phi-Beta Kappa member lady Benazir Bhutto.

In my eyes they play out a Pollywood-drama here.
"How can I come to power as a heroness of the people?".
The start was an outplay of an impressing film-script. Attacks on the convoy with her returning from the exile live on CNN and BBC. State of emergeny, constitution suspended by the Prime Minister, then house arrest for Bhutto, planned elections in Pakistan on January.

"New Zealand Government 14 November 2007 Media Statement
Prime Minister Helen Clark has today expressed grave concern at President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to place Pakistan’s Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest again. Helen Clark said that a heavy police presence surrounding Benazir Bhutto’s home had prevented her from leading a planned protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the imposition of emergency rule.

“These restrictions on Benzir Bhutto are unacceptable. The New Zealand Government remains deeply concerned by President Musharraf’s actions since he imposed emergency rule on 3 November in Pakistan,” Helen Clark said. President Musharraf, who is also head of Pakistan’s military, has suspended the constitution, citing what he said were threats posed by Islamic extremism and judicial interference. A number of political opposition figures and senior lawyers have been taken into custody or placed under house arrest.
and also:
The New Zealand Government was also gravely concerned at the detention of Asma Jahangir, the head of the Pakistan Commission for Human Rights and also UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief. She participated in the Alliance of Civilisations Symposium I hosted in Auckland in May, and I have concerns for her safety,” Helen Clark said. "

A UN rapporteur for freedom of religion and belief at the UN-AoC symposium?
Here is a link to a speaking recently (August 2007) at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), here Bhutto discussed her objectives for returning to Pakistan,
including giving democracy “a chance to grow” in the country:

"QUESTIONER: You attributed the rise of the fundamentalism and radical extremism to the dictatorship and lack of democracy. The question: What would you do, and your party, to deal with the network of madrassas -- schools -- that are infiltrated with Wahhabi ideology? And we're not only talking about today. You're training an entire generation of children who do not believe in democracy. What will you do with it?
BHUTTO: Well, I agree with you that this is another very big challenge, because nowadays we have three kinds of madrassas in Pakistan. One is the traditional madrassa which teaches people their religious duties and obligations. The second is a madrassa which basically brainwashes our children into intolerance. So the battle that we -- and the third madrassa is the one which is acting as the headquarters of the militant groups, as we saw in the issue of the Red Mosque.
I thank you for drawing my attention to the middle madrassa, which is the value system, because this is a battle for values, that are we going to move in the direction of a pluralistic society or not. And I feel that nobody in my country should have the right to teach people hate, to teach them violence and to brainwash them from the very beginning in extremist thought to prepare them, which is why we would like to reform those madrassas. And if anybody does not each the approved curriculum -- or we don't even care about approved curriculums; what we care about is that you cannot teach people hate and you cannot teach them violence. You cannot say you have to kill people of a different faith or you have to kill people of a different ethnicity. So as long as madrassas abide by those rules, they will be allowed to function, and if they don't, they will be shut down."

After reading this, I ask you:
Can you smell it? It sounds all so very innocent and democratic. But it's all about the war on extremism. I say: we watch here the creation of a lady-beast from the East. The US is not by chance interested to get the control over the Pakistan nuke arsenal. She better does.
Because we are here in "Pollywood". Let's watch how it plays out...
stay tuned!

1 comment:

Hanani Hindsfeet said...

"Can you smell it? It sounds all so very innocent and democratic. But it's all about the war on extremism."

Innocent and democratic in the same sentence Bjorn? Nowdays I have to wonder... :)